February 4, 2021
“I don't get to spend as much time on the farm as I used to, but what really gives me purpose is seeing the joy and wonder that's created for people of all ages.”
Cathryn Anderson, Pineland Farms Education Department Director, has been a proud part of the team for 10 years. She loves seeing the connection between the community to the land, agriculture and recreation provided at the farm.
Pineland Farms is a non-profit based in New Gloucester, Maine boasting 6,000 acres of diversified farmland. Each year the farm looks forward to hosting about twenty three thousand visitors in a variety of on farm activities and programs. When COVID struck, Cathryn and team got creative saying, “once we realized we could get folks here in a safe way, we designed tickets to pre-register for visits in reserved time slots. It’s worked really well!”
The unique nature of the farm provides an educational component that allows guests to explore while learning where their food comes from and the everyday process the animals go through to create food. If you are open to exploring, you can design your own experience which can include meeting and interacting with animals, hands on seasonal experiences like maple sugaring and getting lost in their fall corn maze. If you're more active you can check out their recreation department for skiing, snowshoeing and disc golf.
To round out your visit, you’d be remiss if you didn’t stop at the market which carries all of Pinelands products, including breakfast sandwiches topped with farm fresh eggs or a sandwich made with all-natural deli meats and their own cheese and locally sourced produce.
To learn more about Pineland Farm experiences, please visit: https://pinelandfarms.org/experience/visit-pineland/
*Photo taken before mask and social distancing guidance.*